George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement regarding the Hawaii Open, the first-ever Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournament held in the Hawaiian Islands. Featuring 32 top-ranked WTA players and rising stars, the Hawaii Open is being played at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park, November 20-27. “Starting this Sunday, a new chapter for women’s sports in Hawaii will be written with the start of the Hawaii Open, the first WTA tennis tournament to be played in the Hawaiian Islands. The WTA has a strong, loyal fan following worldwide meaning the Hawaii Open will generate excellent international exposure for our State as both a travel destination and venue to host top-quality tennis.
“HTA is proud to serve as presenting sponsor of the Hawaii Open and support bringing world-class women’s tennis to our State. Tournament organizers want to make the Hawaii Open an annual event, so it’s important for our community leaders and tennis fans to support this tournament and show their aloha to the players coming here from around the world to compete in this first-class setting.
“Hawaii is quickly earning an enviable reputation for hosting world-class women’s professional tennis. The warm and enthusiastic response the players received at the 2016 Fed Cup match last February in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii led to the Hawaii Open being introduced on Oahu and the 2017 Fed Cup being played in Lahaina, Maui, next February.”
For information and to purchase tickets for the Hawaii Open, visit https://hawaiitennisopen.com.